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Legislators focus on pact supervisory bill in 7-minute session

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The first legislative session meeting held after the protesting students left only lasted for seven minutes after all drafts of a bill supervising cross-strait agreements were submitted to the Legislature's Internal Administration Committee (IAC).

After the student-led activists consented to end their siege of the Legislative Yuan following Wang's visit and also the promise to pass the law first before holding negotiations on the trade pact, seven versions of the drafts were then sent to the Legislature to await deliberation.

The drafts were proposed by protesting citizens, the Executive Yuan, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and other organizations; all of which were submitted to a first reading and then passed to the Legislature's Internal Administration for further deliberation.

The legislators applauded after Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) pounded the gavel and announced the meeting adjourned; many legislators expressed surprise that the meeting ended so soon.

Also submitted in yesterday's session was the case of former Prosecutor General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), who was accused of disclosing classified information to President Ma Ying-jeou illegally last September.

Chang to Plan Public Hearings of Draft

Kuomintang (KMT) caucus whip Wang Ting-son (王廷升) noted yesterday that in response to the public's expectations for the law to be passed efficiently, the KMT caucus will be appointing the IAC and KMT Legislator Chang Ching-chung (張慶忠) to plan public hearings regarding the draft.

Having passed the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement in the Legislature within 30 seconds on March 17, Chang's actions sparked the 24-day siege of the Legislative Yuan. It will be his turn to host the committee meetings next week.

KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) displayed a printed conclusion of the cross-caucus negotiation held on April 8, saying that the legislators had agreed to submit the drafts to the IAC “immediately,” and that the KMT would be holding hearings that were appropriate and legal. “The opposition party should not be boycotting this,” said Wu.

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Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) reads from a draft in the Legislative Yuan, yesterday. After 24 days of student occupation, the Legislative Yuan resumed business in a brief session.

(CNA)

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